[NAFEX] Dying tree

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 15:59:22 EDT 2011


Depends on where you are, but I'd guess it gave up because it's so @#$&*!!
hot!

I'm wilting and drying up today too.

99 degrees, no rain here for 4 weeks.

-matt
z5 se MI

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM, <david.maxwell at dal.ca> wrote:

> One tree in my orchard has decided to die in the past few days, and I have
> no idea what
> could be the cause.  Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated.  The tree
> in question is cv.
> Gideon, on Ottawa-3 rootstock, about 7 years old.  It has suddenly wilted -
> all the leaves are
> drooping, the fruit is starting to dry up and wrinkle.  It is not black,
> nor are there shepherd
> crook deformities to suggest fireblight.  It is just wilting.  The trunk
> looks entirely intact.  No
> sign of borers, (which I do have elsewhere in the orchard). No holes
> suggestive of voles
> eating the roots. Tree on either side look fine. There are a number of
> healthy-looking root
> suckers springing up, suggesting to me that the roots are in fact OK, and
> the problem lies in
> something plugging the vascular channels above ground, eg. a fungal disease
> - are there
> such things?  I very much doubt that there is anything I can do to save
> this tree, but what
> should I do in terms of management at this point?  (cut it off at ground
> level and use one of
> the root suckers to build a new tree?  Dig the whole thing up and examine
> the root system for
> a clue?  Any other suggestions?
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